Having read many of the threads here, and then seeing the appearance of a couple of lists of differing categories of Baptist groups in this country, it is very clear that the term "Baptist" describes people and churches that are significantly different from each other in theology and practice. In fact, there are Baptists that would find themselves more compatible with believers in other denominations than within their own branch of Christianity. I had always known that this diversity existed, being able to observe clear differences between Baptists I myself have encountered, but never realized the scope of the diversity. So my question is, what are the "distinctives", in theology or practice, that are common to all and which make us "Baptist" as opposed to being something else. Is there anything that all "Baptists" hold in common? I have my own opinion, but I'd really like to see what those who post on this board have to say, since it apparently represents a pretty vast diversity of Baptist groups.